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Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a UN meeting, says UN secretary-general

Feb. 19, 2024 12:16 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Taliban set unacceptable conditions for attending a U.N.-sponsored meeting about Afghanistan, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday. Taliban demands included the exclusion of Afghan civil society members from the talks in Doha, Qatar, and...

Live updates | Biden warns Israel not to attack Rafah without plan to protect civilians

Feb. 16, 2024 19:29 PM EST

President Joe Biden has again cautioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against moving forward with a military operation into Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah without a “credible and executable plan” to protect around 1.4 million Palestinians sheltering there. However,...

Top UN court rejects South African request for urgent measures to safeguard Rafah

Feb. 16, 2024 15:38 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top UN court on Friday rejected a South African request to impose urgent measures to safeguard Rafah in the Gaza Strip, but also stressed that Israel must respect earlier measures imposed late last month at a preliminary stage in a landmark genocide case. ...

UN chief warns climate chaos and food crises threaten global peace: 'Empty bellies fuel unrest'

Feb. 14, 2024 13:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Tuesday that climate chaos and food crises are increasing threats to global peace, telling a high-level U.N. meeting that climate disasters imperil food production and “empty bellies fuel unrest.” Secretary-General Antonio...

Live updates | Deadly strikes across Gaza as Israel makes plans to evacuate civilians from Rafah

Feb. 09, 2024 17:07 PM EST

Israeli airstrikes hit the central Gaza Strip and the southern city of Rafah on the border with Egypt overnight into Friday, killing nearly two dozen people including women and children, witnesses and hospital officials said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill 13 as concerns grow about looming operation in Rafah

Feb. 08, 2024 21:58 PM EST

Two women and five children were among at least 13 people killed as Israeli airstrikes pounded the city of Rafah on Gaza's southern border, according to the hospital that received the remains. The overnight airstrikes came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

UN chief urges all nations to do everything possible to stop the 'horrible' war in Sudan

Feb. 08, 2024 20:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief on Thursday urged the international community to mobilize and do everything possible to stop the war in Sudan, saying “what is happening is horrible.” Secretary-General António Guterres said there is no military solution to the...

Live updates | Netanyahu rejects Hamas truce plan after his meeting with top US diplomat

Feb. 07, 2024 16:27 PM EST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a plan put forward by Hamas for a multi-stage truce and hostage release, which would have effectively left the Palestinian militant group in power. Netanyahu made the comments Wednesday shortly after meeting the visiting U.S....

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill dozens in Gaza and Blinken arrives in Mideast

Feb. 05, 2024 15:15 PM EST

Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip have killed dozens of people, including two children ages 12 and 2, while the Israeli army said Monday its ground forces were fighting Hamas militants who remain in northern and central Gaza. The Health Ministry in Gaza said 113 bodies were...

Live updates | Hamas is expected to respond soon to a proposal that includes hostage releases

Feb. 02, 2024 19:06 PM EST

A senior Hamas official said Friday the group will respond “very soon” to a proposal that includes extended pauses in Gaza fighting and phased exchanges of Hamas-held hostages for Palestinians imprisoned in Israel. Hamas and other militants in Gaza are holding dozens of hostages,...